Clemson football: Dabo Swinney talks scheduling, getting rid of divisions
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Clemson's Dabo Swinney weighs in on ACC scheduling options

Matt Connolly05/12/22
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Clemson coach Dabo Swinney wants what is best for the ACC. (Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)

CLEMSON — There were a number of topics discussed during the ACC spring meetings held in Amelia Island, Florida this week.

One major point of discussion was the future of scheduling in the ACC.

There are currently two divisions in the league — the Atlantic and the Coastal. However, doing away with divisions was discussed this week.

A 3-5-5 scheduling option appears to be on the table, if divisions are done away with. In that format, teams would have three permanent opponents that they play yearly, then would alternate between the two groups of five.

Swinney was asked about that possibility earlier this week on the ACC Network.

“It doesn’t really matter, honestly. I’m not passionate one way or the other,” he said. “If we change to one division, I can get on board with the 3-5-5 – not that it matters. But of the changes that I’ve heard, to me, that makes the most sense.”

While the 3-5-5 option makes the most since to Swinney if there is a change, he would personally be just fine with keeping the current format.

Swinney likes having two divisions. The Atlantic currently consists of Boston College, Clemson, Florida State, Louisville, NC State, Syracuse and Wake Forest. The Coastal is made up of Duke, Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina, Pitt, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

“I personally like the divisions. That’s my personal preference for various reasons. But I’m not really passionate about it one way or the other. I want to do what’s best for the league,” Swinney said.

“There’s a lot more people smarter than me that are running this league. If they think that’s what’s best for this league, then hey, I’m all for it. So you know, I could go either way.”

One positive to getting rid of divisions would be that schools would meet more regularly.

As of now, teams can go years without playing each other, despite being in the same conference. For instance, Clemson has only played Duke twice since 2008.

Swinney pointed out that it’s not just the ACC that is dealing with these problems.

“It’s the same issues in all these other conferences. And some conferences are getting even bigger. And it’s becoming more of a problem,” Swinney said. “So everybody’s dealing with the same conversations. What’s the best way to address it? And I think you can address it with the divisions, as well. With a little bit of a change maybe in some of the cross-rival stuff. And you’ve still got some issues there and how to protect it. And that’s the conversations there.”

“But again, at the end of the day, what’s best for the league moving forward, I think all of us would like our kids to have a quicker cycle through and being able to play everyone. It’s good for the fans, etc. But still a lot of conversation, I think, to go on that.”